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Race 2 - Day 3

Derry~Londonderry~Doire - Jacquelyn Ford

11 SEP 2013 - Race 2

On the day of the race start I was drafted in early to take over Mother duties - cooking and making drinks for the crew.  Plastic plates and mugs were clattering above my head as we gybed for the race start.  I manage to produce a round of flapjacks and a loaf of bread in between an asymmetric drop into the galley, when I take the head of the sail forward to the bow of the boat.  Just come off an extended Mother watch. 

After not having been on deck for 36 hours, I thought I'd re-familiarise myself with the sheets and ropes in the cockpit. None of that, straight onto the helm.

Sean is standing behind my right shoulder giving me some great coaching - I am very grateful that he is there, the wheel becomes too heavy for me and I ask him to help out.  We surf the crest of a lovely wave and reach 20.4 knots, he says we can share the speed victory - Sean is a very generous skipper!